Are you fully committed to your relationship or your job? Do you honor your commitments at home and work? I was raised that you are only as good as your word and being committed to something meant seeing it through. In today’s job market, employees are willing to leave an organization at the first offer of a few more dollars in pay or the promise of a quick promotion with very little work. There isn’t any loyalty to their job and employees don’t feel the connection that comes with being fully committed to an organization. In times past, money wasn’t the driving force behind a person’s commitment to help an organization succeed. Sacrifice, purpose, and determination were key values and you were proud to be a part of a team in hopes of receiving future reward.
When a person is fully committed, they are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill a task or job. They willingly give up their time and energy to ensure success. They feel the connection with their work and are willing to stay at an organization long term. They are less likely to call in sick, are willing to work over to get things done, and are usually more determined to make the organization succeed. Commitment is a value that is not as important as it once was and individualism has become the new norm. It is now about “me” and not the team working together for the common good.
Ways to honor your job commitment.
There are several ways to stay the course and honor your commitment to an organization:
- Focus on the customers. Nurture the relationships with your customers. Make them your priority and stay committed to their satisfaction. If you work for a public institution or organization, concentrate on the relationships that you have made with your fellow employees and the people you come into close contact with. Cherish the relationships with those whose lives you add value to.
- Work Ethic. If you have a good work ethic and stay busy, you don’t have time to ponder the greener pastures. Stay focused on the organization’s mission and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. A strong work ethic shows commitment to the vision.
- Loyalty to the organization. In the past, employees would get a job at a company and never leave until they retired. The employees were very loyal to the organization and it showed in the quality of the work they produced. As a person in a supervisory position, I am tasked with hiring new team members. One of the first things I look at is their time of employment at each job. Short term employment usually means a person has a lack of loyalty and probably won’t stay long. They will leave when the next job that comes along sounds better than the one they are presently at.
- Be passionate about your career and love what you do. If you love what you do then money is secondary. Police officers and fire fighters are some of the lowest paid professionals. Ask anyone of them and they will tell you that they aren’t doing it for the money because they love what they do. They are passionate about their professions and are fully committed to public service.
- Go above and beyond what is expected of you. The number one reason that people leave organizations or companies is a lack of job satisfaction. They feel like they aren’t making a difference or their job has no purpose. Doing more than is expected of you will give you a sense of purpose. It always feels good when your fellow employees recognize a team member going above and beyond what is expected of them. Sometimes one person can lift a whole team. Look at Lebron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are awful without him. It shows that one person can lift the efforts of many.
Commitment has been lost in the culture of today’s world. It is important to teach our children a sense of loyalty and commitment to an organization because it shows the type of character a person has. They are too quick to quit doing things if they aren’t exactly like they want them or they feel they are being slighted. They jump from team to team because they aren’t the star and think they should be given special treatment. They aren’t willing to put in the effort to succeed. This type of thinking will carry over into their professional life and cause them to lack commitment. Always stay true to your commitments because little eyes could be watching you.